2 definitions found
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Miser \Mi"ser\ (m[imac]"z[~e]r), noun [L. miser wretched,
miserable; cf. Gr. mi^sos hate, misei^n to hate: cf. It. &
Sp. misero wretched, avaricious.]
1. A wretched person; a person afflicted by any great
misfortune. [Obs.] --Spenser.
The woeful words of a miser now despairing. --Sir P.
2. A despicable person; a wretch. [Obs.] --Shak.
3. A covetous, grasping, mean person; esp., one having
wealth, who lives miserably for the sake of saving and
increasing his hoard.
As some lone miser, visiting his store,
Bends at his treasure, counts, recounts it o'er.
4. A stingy person; one very reluctant to spend money.
5. A kind of large earth auger. --Knight.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
1: a stingy hoarder of money and possessions (often living